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Meadows Welcomes New Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet in Residence at SMU

Group made up of adjunct faculty members in the Division of Music

by Katrina Leshan

The Meadows School of the Arts has just started an exciting new partnership with a group of five Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians, who are now officially the Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet in Residence at SMU. The members include Ryan Anthony (DSO principal trumpet), Kevin Finamore (second trumpet), Greg Hustis (principal horn), John Kitzman (principal trombone) and Matt Good (principal tuba). All five serve as adjunct faculty members in the Meadows Division of Music.

As part of the new partnership, they will mentor various brass quintets on campus, as well as teach students the performance and business aspects of being in a chamber ensemble. The quintet members will function both as a group and separately in working with Meadows students and ensembles. They also plan to have open rehearsals in which students can observe the interaction between members and study the way a professional chamber group functions.

Dr. Samuel Holland, Professor and Interim Director of the Division of Music, believes that “the best is yet to come” at Meadows, and he is particularly enthusiastic about this new affiliation. He says that Meadows and the DSO are going to work together to create an ensemble that will be a part of the Division of Music on a continuing basis. “This is intended to be a long-term partnership in which the quintet performs, teaches and coaches at SMU and throughout the country,” he said.  

Trombonist John Kitzman said, “We are looking forward to playing concerts at SMU in the coming years and expanding our concert appearances around the country. We appreciate the opportunity to be Artists in Residence at SMU and believe it will be a positive experience for the students and friends of the university.”

The Quintet gave its inaugural concert on October 27 in Caruth Auditorium, drawing an eager crowd. “You didn’t have to be a connoisseur to go to the concert,” Holland said. “Their work has a broad appeal!” The program was diverse: Fugue in G Minor by J.S. Bach, Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, and Penny Lane by the Beatles were a few of the pieces performed.

The Quintet will perform at least one concert per year at Meadows in addition to touring locally and then regionally. Upcoming concerts will be held at the Dallas Museum of Art (Jan. 30, 2010), the Mesquite Performing Arts Center (Feb. 28) and the University of North Texas (Mar. 29). For more information about the quintet, contact John Kitzman at jktrb@swbell.net.

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